Easy Children’s Christmas Craft: Paperclip Angels

Need a quick and easy craft for your kids to make for teachers, bus drivers and friends? How about angel necklaces?

This idea comes courtesy of my good friend Cherie, and has to be one of the easiest and cutest gift projects for little kids to make. It only takes a few minutes, the kids can help, and buying enough supplies to make a whole bunch only costs a few dollars.

Paperclip Angels


Special Paperclips (don’t know the name but they come in a box of like 30 or something)
Sliver Pony Beads
Silver Disk Beads (preferably with fluted or beaded edges)

Take the ribbon and tie in a loop. Thread a disk and then a pony bead onto the ribbon and push up to the knot. Loop the ribbon through the clip and then through itself (see picture) slip both beads back down to sit flush with the clip.

Tada, you are done.

What other quick and easy holiday crafts for kids do you do?

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  1. CouponDivas says

    Could you be any craftier? That is so cute! I am going to send it over to our room moms for the holiday parties.

    Thanks – Kitty

  2. Laura W. says

    Hey, I have one of those courtesy of Miss A! It’s too cute! Mine is a necklace, but these would also be great as ornaments or bookmarks!

  3. kennethsrib says

    We made over 50 of these in an hour. The clips are Butterfly clips and Staples had them in 50 count boxes. I used silver pony beads and I could not find flat silver discs so I went to home depot and bought #8 washers and they worked really well.

  4. Jenn @ Frugal Upstate says

    Kitty-I'm so glad you like them. They really are easy and cute.

    Cherie & Laura-So right guys, they do make good ornaments or bookmarks! Course if I were as talented at fimo sculpting as Laura, well, I wouldn't have to mess with paperclip angels :)

    Kennethsrib-WOW. 50??? That's amazing. And the #8 washers are a fantastic idea. I know those little disk thingies can be hard to find sometimes. Kudos to you for a great substitution suggestion, and thanks for letting us all know about it.

  5. Wendy says

    This is one of those things that I see and ask myself, now why didn’t I think of that? lol Very cute and simple, but best of all very affordable! I think I’ll have my kids make these for friends and family. Hey, these could even be made to use as Christmas ornaments or gift tags!

  6. Annie Jones says

    My granddaughter and I took this idea and modified it (out of neccessity). I posted it and gave you a link back. :)

  7. Lynn says

    These are so stinkin’ cute I can’t believe it. Thanks for sharing this. I know some kids who would love making them 😉

  8. MamaTia says

    How cute are these?!?!?! I am getting married in April and plan to use these as favors. Thanks for such a great idea!!!

  9. Jenn @ Frugal Upstate says

    I’m so glad you all enjoyed this. I think I’ll probably have to repost it every year for folks :)

    and Mama Tia, they should make such cute wedding favors! I’m so glad you can use them for that-way less expensive than those matchbooks with your name on it.

    • Jenn @ Frugal Upstate says


      Really? I’ll have to check that out! Can you imagine making a whole bunch of them in different colors & hanging them on a small Christmas tree? It would be very cute.

  10. Irene Hall says

    Thank you for these directions. I work for a non profit agency with a tiny budget for promotions. We are planning to attach these angels to our business cards, so our partners will remember us. Several years ago, my co-worker at another organization made these for us and she attached an office angel poem to it. I wish I still had it. Have you ever heard of the poem?

    • Jenn @ Frugal Upstate says

      I’m so glad that this idea will work well for you! They really are a cute little project-I’m sure it will keep you top of mind with the folks you give them to!

  11. Clarisa C says

    I plan to have my Junior GS make these for themselves or to give as gifts. I found this cute poem to attach to it:


  12. says

    What an awesome idea! My charity organization is gonna make these to hand out at our fundraising events and Trunk or Treat!!! Already make 200 of them…. just looking for the disk beads (I have been to 4 crafts store… Thanks to kennethsrib I think I am gonna try the #8 washers instead!!!


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